Chronometer made by Richard Hornby

Made by Hornby, Richard in Liverpool, England, 1830-1840.

Liverpool produced a number of well known chronometer makers, mainly due to its proximity to the town of Prescot. This town was a centre for the manufacturing of movement maker for the whole of Britain and ensured a good supply for local manufacturers.

Hornby was born in Liverpool in 1789 and died there in 1849 after which time his son Gerard looked after the business. After 1851 the company became ‘Richard Hornby and Son, Watch and chronometer Manufacturers’.

Hornby often used the Massey le...


Chronometer in three tier mahogany case. The lid has brass corners and opens to reveal a glass inset under which the chronometer sits. The section with the glass inset opens via a lock to allow access to the chronometer and its workings. The chronometer is made of brass and is set in a swivel frame. It has a white face with gold hands and roman numerals. There is a separate brass key that sits next to the chronometer.


155 mm
140 mm
140 mm


Hornby, Richard 1830-1840
Hornby, Richard


Sydney Observatory

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